SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.41 suppl.1Conceptual Aspects of the Teaching Psychiatry in ColombiaSocial Pertinence and the Post-Graduate in Psychiatry author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

Print version ISSN 0034-7450


CAMPO-CABAL, Gerardo. The Biology of Learning. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.41, suppl.1, pp.22-30. ISSN 0034-7450.

The effort to relate mental and biological functioning has fuctuated between two doctrines: 1) an attempt to explain mental functioning as a collective property of the brain and 2) as one relatied to other mental processes associated with specific regions of the brain. The article reviews the main theories developed over the last 200 years: phrenology, the psuedo study of the brain, mass action, cellular connectionism and distributed processing among others. In addition, approaches have emerged in recent years that allows for an understanding of the biological determinants and individual differences in complex mental processes through what is called cognitive neuroscience. Knowing the definition of neuroscience, the learning of memory, the ways in which learning occurs, the principles of the neural basis of memory and learning and its effects on brain function, among other things, allows us the basic understanding of the processes of memory and learning and is an important requirement to address the best manner to commit to the of training future specialists in Psychiatry.

Keywords : Learning; biology; brain; memory.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )